Small Arm from a Statue
Since fine wood was costly, ancient Egyptian artists usually carved the arms as well as the feet and bases of wooden statues separately. Pegs on the shoulder of the statuette would have been inserted into the two small holes on this arm.
The clenched fist, which originally held a scepter or a staff, indicates that the arm belonged to a statuette of a man. The slender forms and modest musculature seen here were popular features of late Old Kingdom art. However, the lack of the body and face makes it practically impossible to determine the exact date of this arm.
- Medium: Wood
- Dates: 2350-332 B.C.E
- Dynasty: Dynasty 4, or later
- Period: Old Kingdom or later
- Dimensions: 1/2 x 7/16 x 3 11/16 in. (1.3 x 1.1 x 9.4 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Special Exhibitions, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 37.1207E
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Small Arm from a Statue, 2350-332 B.C.E. Wood, 1/2 x 7/16 x 3 11/16 in. (1.3 x 1.1 x 9.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1207E. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Best (80%)